The National PREA Resource Center (PRC) Field Training Program (FTP) offers direct field auditing experience — in a supervised and supported environment — for PREA trainees who are seeking certification by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FTP strengthens trainees’ PREA auditing skills, increases trainees’ experience with the PREA auditing process and methodology, enhances trainees’ understanding of the PREA standards, and provides trainees with an opportunity to become familiar with and use the audit tools and other documents. Experienced auditors, as well as DOJ and PRC staff, facilitate the field training audit and offer guidance and mentorship during every step of the process.
The FTP also provides benefits to the facility and agency that hosts the FTP training audit, including:
- Guidance and support from certified PREA auditors throughout the entire training audit;
- Access to PREA subject matter experts to address implementation challenges;
- Assistance, tools, and resources to prepare for a PREA compliance audit;
- Familiarity for staff with the PREA compliance audit process;
- A written assessment with findings of compliance and corrective action recommendations on 18 PREA standards pre-selected by the PRC as the most challenging for many facilities undergoing an audit; and
- Free targeted training and technical assistance at the conclusion of the program to further enhance and sustain PREA implementation.
While participation in the program requires staff time and the use of facility resources, such as space and equipment, there is no financial cost to facilities for participation in this unique training opportunity. Visit the testimonials page
for comments from previous FTP host facilities on how the FTP helped them.
In an effort to provide the most meaningful training experience, the PRC will consider facilities:
Ideally with an average daily inmate population between 100 and 500;
That possess the demonstrated capability (i.e. adequate Internet access) to complete an online pre-audit questionnaire;
With onsite medical and mental health services;
That are within 50 miles of a major airport;
That are within 10 miles of a hotel that will provide accommodations at the government lodging rate; and
That have the ability to accommodate the transportation needs of the audit team.
For more information on the Auditor Field Training Program, including requirements for participating facilities, click here. Please note that this application is only for prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, and community confinement facilities.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: October 7, 2019, 11:59 A.M. EST
Please note: Field Training Program events are pending availability of federal funds.